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THE RIVER - AUGUST 28, 2015
5th Annual Cabaret And Cabernet
Celebrate with past winners of the Young Artists Awards program at the 5th
annual Cabaret and Cabernet, to be held at the Alliance for the Arts/Foulds
Theatre campus on Saturday, October 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. For only $65
per ticket, attendees will enjoy award winning entertainment on the Foulds Theatre
stage and tasting stations featuring libations and sweet and savory items throughout
the main gallery.
Tickets are now available by calling Young Artists Awards at 574-9321 or by click-
ing on the ticket button at www.youngartistsawards.org. This year, only 150 tickets will
be available to the public for sale; the event sold out last year.
A silent auction, featuring donated artwork, jewelry, event tickets, hotel stays and
much more will be held, benefitting the $30,000 in cash scholarships the Young
Artists Awards program will award this season to performing arts students from
throughout Southwest Florida.
Complimentary libations will be provided by Cape Coral Brewing Co., Lee County’s
newest craft brewery based in Cape Coral dedicated to brewing full flavor beers with
the greatest attention to quality, and a selection of wines from Total Wine & More.
Tasting stations and servers will provide incredible chocolates by Norman Love
Confections and savory items prepared by The Edison and Cohen & Cohen Catering.
Past winners of the program coming back to Lee County to perform at the event
include Paul Gavin & Full Force and Carla Martinez. Past Sanibel resident and Young
Artists Awards instrumental music winner Paul Gavin is a two-time international
competition winning drummer, teacher and composer/arranger. He leads seven of
Tampa’s finest musicians for a night of jazz, funk, Latin, Brazilian, R&B, fusion, hip
hop, rock and more – and delivered with Full Force. The band (made up of composers
and arrangers, local, national and international competition winners) performs their
own compositions and arrangements of unique music. Every performance is full of
energy, spontaneity and improvisation. Not another jazz band with nostalgia for years
past, this eight piece band brings new music to every show with an excitement that
you’ll have to see to believe.
Carla Martinez, formerly of Cape Coral, is a four-time finalist and winner of the
Young Artists Awards program. She is a performer, choreographer, and teacher cur-
rently residing in Boston, Massachusetts. Soon after graduating from Cypress Lake
High School Center for the Arts, she started her professional theatrical career at
TheatreZone in Naples. Two years later, she was accepted to the prestigious Berklee
College of Music and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Since
then, she has appeared in over a dozen shows in New England. Credits include Far
From Heaven, Shrek, Hairspray, It’s A Wonderful Life, Oliver, Dreamgirls, The
Wiz and The Full Monty.
Original artwork, jewelry, tickets to
area cultural events, trips, wine, theatre,
restaurant, and art related baskets, and
more will be featured at the silent auction.
More information on some of the items
up for auction will be on the Young Artists
Awards Facebook page beginning October
1. The Young Artists Awards, Inc. is a not
for profit organization entering its thir-
teenth year of offering services to area stu-
dents ages 8 to 21 in the performing arts,
including vocal and musical performance,
drama and dance. Sponsorships of the pro-
gram are still available, and silent auction
items are being accepted. Come enjoy an
evening of libations, food, and entertain-
ment, while supporting the next generation of emerging artists in Southwest Florida.
To purchase tickets to Cabaret and Cabernet on Saturday, October 24 at the
Alliance for the Arts/Foulds Theatre campus at 10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers,
call 574-9321 or visit www.youngartistsawards.org. One hundred percent of the pro-
ceeds from the evening will go to student scholarships in the arts and your ticket pur-
chase will allow students in participate in our education, performance and scholarship
program during their 2015-16 season.
Paul Gavin & Full Force
Fit Nation Tribal Games Coming
To Fort Myers Beach This October
Fit Nation Events LLC is hosting the highly anticipated FN Tribal Games on
October 17 and 18 at the expansive Wyndham Garden Resort grounds on
Fort Myers Beach to make way for the over 1,500 expected athletes and
spectators. This competition, in its third year, will push athletes to their physical and
mental limits as they pull, swim, carry and run their way through eight ultra-inten-
sive workouts created specifically for this outdoor endurance event.
This is a team competition that will pair two men and two women together to take
on the workouts as a unit. There are four divisions for athletes to choose from:
• Shaman – Athletes 40-plus
• Warrior – Scaled Intermediate athletes)
• War Chiefs – Rx (Veteran to Elite athletes)
• The Council – Teams representing a business
Athletes interested in competing are encouraged to visit the FN Tribal Games web-
site at www.fntribalgames.com and to follow the event on its social media channels.
Facebook: FN Tribal Games
For more information, visit www.fitnationmag.com.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Craft Beer Festival Is October 17
Craft beer enthusiasts will tap in to over 60 brews to benefit Ronald McDonald
House Charities of Southwest Florida at the 4th annual Brew-Ha-Ha Craft
Beer Festival on October 17 at Mercato in Naples. This year’s roster provides
an opportunity for the legal-drinking-aged public to taste a substantial representa-
tion of beers courtesy of Coastal Beverage, with a spotlight on Florida Breweries.
On tap will be Darwin, Green Flash, Motorworks, Fat Point, Shipyard, Naples
Beach and 3 Daughters, to name a few. Visitors are invited out for an evening of
craft beer tasting, rare and limited release Power Hours, stein holding contests and
live music by Rockin’ Horse.
The festival will take place on the lawn across from The Pub. Gates open at
5 p.m. with unlimited beer tastings available until 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now
for $30 at www.rmhcswfl.org or $35 at the gate. Advance ticket holders will have
access starting at 4 p.m. Purchase tickets by October 1 for a chance to win a $500
Mercato Experience Package. A VIP Brewmaster’s Ticket is available for $50 and
includes front-of-the-line access to all beer tents, keepsake light-up mug, and unlimited
bottled water and soda. Lawn chairs, blankets and well behaved pets are welcome.
Participating Mercato restaurants will serve menu items for purchase. No coolers or
outside food will be permitted.
For more information and newly added breweries, visit www.rmhcswfl.org, www.
facebook.com, RMHCswflorida or contact Jennifer at Jennifer@rmhcswfl.org or 239-
437-0202. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
From page 15
“With environmental education fund-
ing being cut throughout the school
district, teachers and students are grate-
ful to receive our grants to fund special
projects,” said Wendy Kindig, DDWS
Environmental Education Committee
chair. “It’s an important part of the soci-
ety’s mission to educate and make future
conservation stewards out of today’s
In the past eight years, the friends
group has granted more than $47,000
to local schools for environmental proj-
ects. The teacher grants are funded by
DDWS monies received from the DDWS
Conservation Education Endowment
Fund earmarked specifically for educa-
For further information and an appli-
cation, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org/
grants or contact Sarah Lathrop at 472-
1100 ext. 233 or sarah@dingdarlingsoci-
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